• In Other News: Navy Opening First Newly Built Hotel at NS Newport; AFCEC Gets New Director; Startup Tests Hybrid Rocket Engine at Brunswick Landing

    In Other News: Navy Opening First Newly Built Hotel at NS Newport; AFCEC Gets New Director; Startup Tests Hybrid Rocket Engine at Brunswick Landing0

    Naval Station Newport, R.I., is scheduled to host a ribbon-cutting Thursday for a $48 million Navy Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS) transient lodging facility that will mark the Navy’s first newly constructed property. NGIS historically adapts existing buildings previously built for unaccompanied sailors, according to a press release. The hotel also represents the first NGIS

  • Hotel Groundbreaking at Brooks City Base Could Prompt Additional Development0

    Last week’s groundbreaking at Brooks City Base for an Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel could mark the start of a boom in investment in the hotel and tourism industry at the project located on San Antonio’s South Side. One factor expected to play a role in boosting tourism south of downtown San Antonio is the recent designation by UNESCO of the city’s five historic missions — the Alamo and four other Spanish colonial missions — as a World Heritage Site, reports the San Antonio Business Journal. Three of the missions are near Brooks. “I expect that the World Heritage designation of our missions will only lead to additional opportunities,” Brooks City Base President Leo Gomez told the publication. Brooks needed to convince Phoenix Hospitality Group, which will develop and manage the new Embassy Suites, to take a chance on the Southeast Side …

  • Agreement Paves the Way for Hill AFB Visitors to Stay in Local Hotels0

    Officials in Davis County, Utah, have reached an agreement with Hill Air Force Base allowing local hotels to accommodate visitors when the installation’s on-base lodging is at full capacity. The memorandum of understanding, which provides guidance to Hill on handling visitors’ inquiries regarding participating hotels in Davis County, still needs final approval from base officials, reported the Standard-Examiner. “Hill Air Force Base enjoys the benefits of strong community partnership and support,” the base said in a written statement. “This lodging agreement benefits both Hill and the local community,” it said. Last year, base visitors spent 11,000 hotel room nights in Davis County out of a total of 17,000 room nights requested. The agreement is almost identical to one neighboring Weber County has in place with Hill. The pact is “a great service” to the base, Louenda Downs, a commissioner for Davis County, told the Examiner.

  • Lend Lease Closes on Third Phase of Lodging Privatization Program0

    Lend Lease Corp. closed on the third phase of the Army’s Privatization of Army Lodging program, securing $465 million in project debt to expand the initiative to 18 new posts, the international property and infrastructure group said Wednesday. Over the next eight years, Lend Lease will deliver 1,018 new Candlewood Suites brand hotel rooms and renovate 2,745 hotel rooms to Holiday Inn Express brand standards. The 18 installations under phase three cover about 3,800 hotel rooms throughout the United States …

  • Watertown Hoteliers Oppose New Army Hotel at Ft. Drum0

    Plans by the Army’s privatization partner to build a new hotel at Fort Drum, N.Y., would hurt existing hotels in the area surrounding Watertown, N.Y., which already has witnessed the construction of eight hotels in the past six years, according to some members of the local hospitality industry. Developer Patrick Donegan has asked the Watertown City Council to oppose the project because the local market already is saturated. The region’s occupancy rate is between 50 and 60 percent, he said …

  • Cutbacks Could Trim Hotel Demand in Defense Communities0

    In Columbus, Ga., 55 to 65 percent of hotel guests are traveling on business related to the military, a fact that worries hoteliers that serve travelers visiting or working at Fort Benning. Due to planned reductions in spending, the post expects to train only 96,000 soldiers in the current fiscal year, down from 131,000 soldiers in FY 2011. The bulk of installation-related demand for hotels comes from training, graduation ceremonies and contract jobs, events that likely would shrink as the number of trainees declines, reports Hotel News Now. Fort Benning Army Lodge, an 860-room hotel scheduled to open on post later this year, also may hurt local hotels. Demand for lodging in Columbus fell 13 percent for the first three months of the year, while in other defense communities demand has been flat.